tell off someone

tell off someone
tell off (someone) to tell someone that their behavior is not acceptable.

I was told off by my best friend, and it was a long time before I could forgive her.

He's always been obnoxious and it's about time someone told him off.


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  • wipe the smile off someone's face — wipe the smile off (someone s) face to make someone feel less happy or confident, especially someone who is annoying you because they think they are very clever. Tell him you saw Helena at the cinema with another guy that should wipe the smile… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tell — W1S1 [tel] v past tense and past participle told [təuld US tould] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(communicate something)¦ 2¦(show something)¦ 3¦(what somebody should do)¦ 4¦(know)¦ 5¦(recognize difference)¦ 6 tell yourself something 7¦(warn)¦ 8¦(tell somebody about… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tell — [ tel ] (past tense and past participle told [ tould ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 give information ▸ 2 order/advise to do something ▸ 3 recognize something ▸ 4 have clear effect ▸ 5 fail to keep secret ▸ 6 count something ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) transitive to give… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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